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4/26/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched “Centennial PLUS,” a summer and fall promotion to coincide with the destination’s 100th anniversary as a U.S. territory.

The package, which can be booked through participating tour operators, offers $400 in VI Spending Credits as well as the fourth night free for a minimum four-night stay. The credits can be redeemed across the islands at restaurants, retail stores, attractions and activities. “Centennial PLUS” must be booked by June 1, 2017 for travel between June 1 and October 31, 2017.

“Centennial PLUS” builds on the success of a $300 consumer incentive that led up to the Centennial, which occurred on March 31.

Participating tour operators include American Airlines Vacations, Apple Vacations,, Costco Travel, Delta Vacations (MLT), Expedia Inc., Flight Center Travel Group (Libgo), JetBlue Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, Travel Impressions and Tourico Holidays.

St. Croix hotel partners are Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, Holger Danske Hotel, Hotel on the Cay, Mount Victory Camp, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, The Buccaneer Hotel, The Palms at Pelican Cove, Sand Castle on the Beach and Sugar Beach Condo Resort.

On St. John, participating hotels are Coconut Coast Villas, Concordia Eco-Resort, Gallows Point Resort, The Westin St. John Resort Villas and Vacation VI/SirenUSA.

And on St. Thomas, hotels are Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Emerald Beach Resort, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, Galleon House, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, Windward Passage Hotel and Virgin Islands Campgrounds.

4/26/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

Holland America is honoring the birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands today with shipboard celebrations throughout the fleet.

In addition to decorating the ships with touches of orange, the Dutch national color, menus will commemorate King’s Day with Dutch-themed food and beverage options, while shipboard festivities will be centered around the holiday.

Guests received an email prior to departure inviting them to bring orange attire to wear to the King’s Day festivities, which will include a King’s Day Orange Deck Party. Shipboard staff also will be decked out in orange accessories. Cities throughout the Netherlands become one big street market on King’s Day, and guests will feel like they’ve been transported to the country with a shipboard street market set up by the Lido Pool featuring beverages and items from the onboard shops.

Holland America Line’s Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff created two specialty cocktails in honor of King’s Day: the “Dutch Heritage” is made of Aperol, vodka and triple sec, while the nonalcoholic “Orange Light” is made with lemon juice, honey syrup and San Pellegrino Blood Orange. There’s also a King’s Day Afternoon Tea featuring tompouce, Koningsbol, poffertjes and other Dutch treats, as well as a Baby Dutch Pancakes station for breakfast and a Dutch-themed menu.

Holland America Line named its newest ship ms Koningsdam to honor King Willem-Alexander (the word koning means “King” in Dutch). Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands christened Koningsdam on May 20, 2016 in Rotterdam.

4/11/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

Scotland is focused on increasing its inbound travel in 2017 with a number of new initiatives in the works.

3/31/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

GoBe looks to be “a sort of Amazon, a housing location that makes it easy to book, click and add to a shopping cart.”

2/13/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

A new Visa study finds one in five travelers hit the road alone on his or her most recent trip. Here are some tips for selling the idea to your customers.

2/7/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

American cities are hot destinations as Millennials flock to live in them—and tourists swarm their attractions, restaurants and events. How can agents get a piece of that urban action?

1/26/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin

Several large agencies and consortia are using technology, innovation and creativity to get their share of the big hotel market.

12/23/2016  |  by Harvey Chipkin

USTOA’s Terry Dale suggests a focus on fearful but receptive travelers in an age of terrorism.

12/23/2016  |  by Harvey Chipkin

TMR asked a diverse group of tour operators about their plans and outlook for the upcoming year.

12/5/2016  |  by Harvey Chipkin

'Clients want to come home from a vacation with a memory they can talk about.'